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Ravines Golf Club - hole 9

Good luck beating Ravines Golf Club, a tough Arnold Palmer design in Saugatuck

Ravines Golf Club doesn't let golfers relax. From the first hole to the final fairway, there's always an obstacle to clear, a challenge to meet. On a bad day, this demanding Arnold Palmer design will steal half a dozen of your golf balls. On a good day, it's a peaceful round through the woods.
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Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club

Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C. lives on in Holland, Mich.

Almost every beach town along Lake Michigan offers a good public golf course. Holland almost lost theirs. Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C., a Ray Hearn design, went into receivership in 2009, but you would never know it these days. Once the recession cleared, Macatawa Legends came back to life.
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Manistee National - Cutters' Ridge golf course - 18th

Bring your 'A' game to survive Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National

How good are you? Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort separates the haves from the have-nots. This Jerry Matthews design from 2000 just might be the toughest course, yard for yard, in Michigan. Wetlands lurk seemingly everywhere, and its slope from the tips soars to 149.
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Michigan Golf Destinations

  • Southwest Michigan

    Along Lake Michigan's coastline in the southwest corner of the state, a succession of small beach towns provide a quick escape from the city life of Detroit and Chicago. Value golf courses are a constant theme in Michigan, and the southwest corner is no exception.

    Lake Doster Golf Club in Plainwell is ranked as one of the top 25 golf courses in Michigan. The layout has undulating greens and watered fairways that will test even the most experienced golfers. The course is home to the affectionately nicknamed "Little Monster," its third hole, which boasts a reputation as the toughest par 3 in the state.
    Whittaker Woods Golf Club is located in southwest Michigan but being only 90 minutes from downtown Chicago and just steps from the Indiana state line, it's very much a part of the Chicagoland golf scene. The course is a formidable test for even the best players, weaving through a diverse landscape of mature woodlands, ponds, and wetlands.
    The 9-hole Blue at Winding Creek Golf Course in Holland, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1970. Blue at Winding Creek Golf Course measures 3405 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 128 and a 36.
  • Upper Peninsula

    Wilderness is the big attraction in the Upper Peninsula. Hunting, fishing, hiking and boating are favorite pastimes of all "Yoopers." The summer golf season may be cruelly short, usually just June through September, but there are some real standout golf courses for those who make the trek.

    The 18-hole Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Mike Husby, Wild Bluff Golf Course measures 7056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Greywalls Golf Course at Marquette in Marquette, MI is a semi private golf course that opened in 2005. Designed by Mike DeVries, Greywalls Golf Course measures 6828 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 144 and a 73 USGA rating.
    The 18-hole Munoscong Golf Club in Pickford, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1965. Munoscong Golf Club measures 6074 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 68.6 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Northeast Michigan

    While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast part of the state boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too, including one of the Midwest's top golf destinations, Gaylord.

    The 18-hole Hidden River Golf & Casting Club in Brutus, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Bruce Matthews, Hidden River Golf & Casting Club measures 7101 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 74.
    The 18-hole Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway, MI is a public golf course that opened in 2000. Designed by Rees Jones, Black Lake Golf Club measures 7046 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 143 and a 74.
    Wilderness Valley Resort offers two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Wilderness Valley Course is a player friendly complement to the more challenging Black Forest Course. Together, there is something for players of any skill level at the resort. The Wilderness Valley Course has the same rolling terrain of its sister course but the bunkering is more understated and the greens are more forgiving.
  • Northwest Michigan

    The most coveted vacation spot in Michigan is the northwest coast, where you'll find many of the state's highest-ranked resort golf courses as well as charming lakes and bayside towns. Much of the state's most spectacular coastline can be found in the northwest, making it an ideal summer haven for boaters and those seeking natural, freshwater beaches.

    Little Traverse Bay Golf Club is one of the courses that put the Harbor Springs area of northern Michigan on the map as one of the state's most popular golfing destinations. The scenic location offers panoramic views with the ability on clear days to see all the way to Little Traverse Bay on several holes. The rolling terrain provides elevated tees and green complexes that will test your skills picking the proper club.
    The 18-hole Hidden River Golf & Casting Club in Brutus, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Bruce Matthews, Hidden River Golf & Casting Club measures 7101 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 74.
    The Cedar River Course was Tom Weiskopf's first design in Michigan. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 resort golf courses in the country. The layout closely follows the natural contours of the landscape, providing a wealth of unique shot opportunities. The dramatic elevation changes define the traditional layout, which gives an excellent rhythm to the course.
  • Southeast Michigan

    The majority of Michigan's population and golf courses are based in and around metro Detroit in the state's southeast corner. They love their sports in Detroit, and they especially enjoy golf in the Motor City. While there are plenty of exclusive clubs for the auto industry elite, a smattering of daily-fee courses make the game affordable and accessible for everyone.

    Inkster Valley Golf Club is located just 10 minutes from the Detroit metro area, which is why it is so unexpected to see a layout featuring over 100 acres of wetlands and rolling hills. The course runs alongside and crosses the Rouge River with water coming into play on 14 holes. The course has an interesting mix of holes including short par 4s and challenging par 3s, many of which require tricky carries over a marsh.
    The 18-hole Washtenaw Golf Club in Ypsilanti, MI is a private golf course that opened in 1899. Washtenaw Golf Club measures 6564 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 135 and a 71.7 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Forest Akers' East and West Courses are the home courses for the Michigan State University's men's and women's golf teams. The West Course is the longer and tougher of the two, but the East Course has plenty of challenges in store as well. Forest Akers East was redesigned in 1997, which converted it from a par 71 to a par-72 layout. New trees were planted and several bunkers were also added. The generous fairways are wide open and the golf course offers a few opportunities for birdies.